Sounds of Silence

“These deceptions illustrate how artificial intelligence — even as it is making great strides — can still be tricked and manipulated. Computers can be fooled into identifying an airplane as a cat just by changing a few pixels of a digital image, while researchers can make a self-driving car swerve or speed up simply by pasting small stickers on road signs and confusing the vehicle’s computer vision system.” NYT: Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t. (This is the opposite of my kids. They can’t seem to hear any command…)

+ The above story is about a bug in the system. As per usual, the system’s features offer as much intrigue as the bugs. NPR: Google’s New Voice Bot Sounds, Um, Maybe Too Real.

+ “It was a classic moment of Silicon Valley keynote magic — a display of technology that feels equal parts unbelievable, transformative, and terrifying.” Charlie Warzel: Make Google Do It… And Then What?

+ NY Mag: Does Alexa know I’m gay?

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